Readers offer their best tips for getting a closer look at windows in Exposé, cleaning your mouse's scroll wheels, and managing your online identity.
About the Tips Box: Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips in our inbox, but for various reasons—maybe they're a bit too niche, maybe we couldn't find a good way to present it, or maybe we just couldn't fit it in—the tip didn't make the front page. From the Tips Box is where we round up some of our favourites for your buffet-style consumption. Got a tip of your own to share? Email it to tips at lifehacker.com.au.
Hit the Spacebar for a Closer Look at Exposé Windows in OS X
Jordangoody shows us how to make Exposé more useful:
Did you know you can quick look in expose? hitting the spacebar toggles each window to zoom on mouseover. just stumbled onto that one.
Clean Your Mouse's Scroll Wheel with a Thin Sheet of Plastic
Photo by William Hook.
KhalJB shares how he cleaned his Logitech MX Revolution's scroll wheel:
If you find your mouse wheel is gunking up, there is an easy way to clean it. Cut a small strip of thin plastic—I find the plastic for chewing gum packets to be best—and insert along the wheel at the front and feed it round to the top.
A couple of passes and then it should be freed up and ready for use again. It's better than dismantling it or sending it back to Logitech...why they designed it so you can't clean it is anyones guess, though.
Avoid Job Scares by Managing Your Online Identity
It's less of a tip and more of a reminder, but Leonardtj shares one more story about why it's important to establish and maintain your online identity:
There have been many tips posted here about managing your online identity. I had a problem a couple of months ago, I went to a job interview and discovered that a registered sex offender shared my name and lived only a few blocks from my house. I am a white and he is black so it would be hard to mistake us. The person who conducted the interview told me that he always Googles the interviewee's name prior to the interview. I use my last name and initials for all of my web usernames (at least the ones I want connected to me), "Leonardtj" which is also my Gmail address. when he Googled my Gmail username my Hi.IM page came up and linked to all my others (including a pic). While I didn't get the job (due to a schedule issue), it did illustrate to me how important it is to manage your online identity.
Keep Water Bottles Cold by Freezing Half the Water Beforehand
Photo by Todd Morris.
Joonas Tepp lets us know how to keep water bottles cold during hot days:
Since I drink a lot of water during the summer months, I was looking for a way to keep said water as cold as possible for as long as possible, but that proved difficult during the days when the thermometer showed 35 degrees Celsius/95 degrees Fahrenheit outside.
What I discovered is that when you fill a plastic bottle halfway with water and then freeze it completely, then you have a full bottle of ice-cold water when you go out. All you have to do when going out is to fill the half-filled bottle with either hot/warm/cold water, depending on how long you want to keep your water cold.
I've managed to keep a 1.5 liter bottle of water ice cold for over 6 hours like this under the blazing sun.
Experimenting with different bottle sizes and amounts of frozen water will give you different result.
Reader KayDat notes that you'll probably be best freezing the water while the bottle is laying on its side, so you have more surface area from the ice in contact with the water, keeping it cold.